GUNNEDAH’S LANDHOLDERS TO SAVE KOALA HABITAT
A new $95,000 NSW Government project will help seven landholders restore koala habitat in Gunnedah, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson along with the Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton announced today.
Mr Anderson said it was fantastic to see such strong local support for the Gunnedah, National koala capital’s koala population.
“With seven Gunnedah landholders pledging their support to revitalise koala habitat on their properties, around 20 hectares of occupied koala habitat will benefit,” Mr Anderson said.
“Over the next three years, more than 9,500 new koala food and shelter trees will be planted in corridors to extend and link existing koala habitat.
“The new corridors will provide a stepping stone for koalas to move more easily between areas, particularly for young koalas seeking new territory.”
The new Koala Habitat Restoration project is funded by the NSW Government’s Saving our Species (SoS) program and will increase and maintain important koala habitat. The project will focus on preparing the land for tree planting, including weed control, and planting a variety of trees to provide the koalas with food and shelter.
“The benefits of the project are not restricted to koalas, as the native trees planted will help support other local wildlife,” Mr Anderson said.
Ms Upton said the on-the-ground conservation investment will help secure and increase koala numbers in the area, benefitting the whole species across NSW.
“Last year the NSW Government also announced $10 million from the NSW Environmental Trust will go towards purchasing high priority koala habitat over the next five years,” Ms Upton said.
The Koala Habitat Restoration Project Gunnedah is a coordinated effort involving the NSW Government, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association (TRLA) and seven local landholders.
As the project progresses, TRLA will run field days and community education sessions on habitat restoration.